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1. Posted by Blakey (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

I have to say I'm growing tired of the brits reputation abroad. Yes I know we get a few aggressive drunken idiots who embarress the nation in other countries, but whenever I go abroad I always feel dissapointed by how unfriendly people are to brits.

In shops in Britain and bars, and all services you usually seem to get a smile. I've seen a lot of Europe recently and everywhere I go it seems people who serve you just grunt, and dont even smile - a smile makes so much difference!

I get frustrated especially when iv made an effort to say thanyou in their language and you get absolutely no response in return.

Overall I would say the friendliest place tho so far that iv seen was Thailand. Im usually dissapointed with service manners in France, Germany, and Austria, and even recently in the Czech republic.

Are these europeans really so unfriendly or is it just that they dont like Brits!!?? Plus who do you think is the friendliest nation?

2. Posted by canuckgirl (Budding Member 14 posts) 10y

I did experience very rude service in France last year, everywhere else around the UK and Europe I've been people were generally very friendly.

I'd have to say Canadians are the friendliest!...and the most fun... but I may just be a little biased, lol.

3. Posted by smythy (Full Member 237 posts) 10y

canadians - they certainly left no doubt in my mind that they are friendly and i didnt even get to meet the one's i wanted , hint hint TW!

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

Quoting smythy

canadians - they certainly left no doubt in my mind that they are friendly and i didnt even get to meet the one's i wanted , hint hint TW!

Ah - but now you have to... come back! Wasn't my plan clever??

5. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 10y

unfortunately i find the brit reputation is so strong people do tend to be slightly guarded when communicating abroad, i've found in the past if someone was rude i would just stress i was irish and not british and they became very friendly and embarresed about their behaviour, saying this i find people in most large cities or in tourist areas to be slightly abrupt at times, i found people in czech republic to be friendly and helpful but i didn't spend too much time in prague, mostly in the smaller towns.....

i wouldn't let it get to you though.... its their own close mindness that stops them giving you a chance....

friendliest people ....i could say the irish but nope i think its the australians ,........

6. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

The Irish and the Turkish.

7. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 10y

Man, I have to say I've always really liked the Brits (if that makes you feel any better; probably not), some of the most fun and outgoing people to travel with if you ask me. But then, I'm from a rather roguish nation myself with a bad reputation, so maybe it's been just a case of bad company coming together. As for other friendly folks, I'd definitely have to put the Irish and the Aussie's at the top of the list. I also really liked the people of Argentina and Peru as well. Oh yeah, Scandinavians, good people too.

I won't point out who I think are unfriendly to keep from stepping in something I don't want to, but I'm always disappointed with people who automatically judge me because I'm an American before even getting to know me. I would say certain nationalities are more prone to do so than others.

All in all though, I think friendly people are everywhere. On the downside, so are A-holes.

8. Posted by hupiero (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

I agre with upstairs.
always,It's spread the adverse news about China and how aggressive they are. contrary to my eyes when in china.
I just got a new idea fr my friend, 'partly enlarge, all effects'
It makes sense.

9. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 403 posts) 10y

Must have something to do with us native english speakers - even if British english is almost a totally different language than that spoken by us "ugly Americans). People are biased because when bad apples from our countries travel abroad they are unfortunately understood by far too many people who actually understand the language and can hear as well as see what these cretins do. Luckily there are some good ones of us to try to repair the reputation of our nations, and who go abroad to learn and to increase our knowledge of the world rather than just complain about how different or "bad" they think things are when compared to "home".

and I think I'd rank the Vietnamese up among the friendliest, though I've always loved the Canadians and Aussies too. Always have a great time with them. Maybe it's the english thing.

go figure.

10. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 10y

I've always had the highest opinion of Brits...! I love hopping the pond.

Hats off to the Thai, though. They really do take the cake. Any culture that can laugh off anything, no matter how bad a day it is.

I actually thought the folks in Iceland were very warm (no pun intended), once you cracked the stand offish surface. I know they can sometimes get a bad rap for being distant and hard to warm up to, but I loved the dry humor, matter-of-fact demeanor, and quiet hospitality I had there.

One thing that helps no matter where you go is that just about anyone is friendlier when you thank them in their own language, which to me should be travel rule #1. :)